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Old 11-12-2002, 04:17 AM   #1
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Exclamation Mandrake 9 Install Problems

Alright, I am having difficulties installing this...

I want to install it to coexist with XP, but I have TWO hard drives so its set up like this

HD1: WinXP - 13GB
HD2: Mp3s/etc on it - 40GB

I want to put it on my 2nd hard drive, so I don't even have to worry about it conflicting with windows, right ?

Well I'm getting ahead of myself.

The main problem is that I'm trying to install mandrake off of cd and I have the floppy made. But when I boot up I get the install screen that says hit F1 for advanced...or hit <enter> etc. I hit enter and a progress bar appears. It barely moves and I get a black screen that says: "Boot failed: Please change disc and press any key."

I have no idea what it wants. My install CD works. I can read all the directories in windows as well as get the splash screen. I cannot get it to boot off the CD, so I can't do that. In fact, I don't think it reads the cd-rom at all. I don't even notice it light up. I am fairly certain it has to do with it not being able to access my cd-rom. (no idea how to get that one working...I have a burner too, but it wont read it off of either of them)

I have picked up here and there that it is possible to install off the hard drive? What is involved in doing this? Just copying the cd-rom contents to folders and the install allows you to browse for them ?

I have no idea how to fix this... Any suggestions ?

Ahlon 800Mhz/512MB
32MB Nvidia Geforce2
(that cd-rom is a creative 52x if that matters)
Old 11-12-2002, 06:49 AM   #2
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you could install from the hd, but first try to change the boot sequence from your bios so that it reads the cd before the hd.
I have exactly the same setup as you...
hda: winxp
hdb: mp3s + a partition for redhat 8
Old 11-12-2002, 04:13 PM   #3
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Well, I have tried that. I choose CD-ROM to boot before the HD but nothing happens.

I've also made sure that PNP is turned off in the BIOS as well.

This is why I think the CD-ROM just isn't being recognized or something ?
Old 11-12-2002, 07:28 PM   #4
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It is an IDE cdrom I'll assume.....
Did you download the Mandrake ISO's?.......And if you did.....did you check the ISO's with "md5sum"?
If your CD drive is OK?..........Can your Windows XP cd boot?.....If so, it looks like you have corrupt Mandrake cd's.


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